SMA, IAAM form joint networking task force

The Stadium Managers Association (SMA) and The International Association of Assembly Managers, Inc. (IAAM) have created a joint task force to support networking and professional development within the stadium management industry. SMA Task Force members include William ‘Bill’ Squires of New Meadowlands Stadium Co., Jim Folk of Cleveland Indians/Jacobs Field, Rick Nafe of Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Tropicana Field, Steve Maki of Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Liz Smith of THP Limited Inc., and Bill Wilson of SMA. IAAM appointees to the task force are Richard Anderson, CFE of San Diego Padres/PETCO Park, Scott Jenkins of Seattle Mariners/Safeco Field, Carl Adkins of the Georgia Dome, Ray Ward, CFE, and Neil Campbell, CFE.

The joint task force was created to collaborate on issues that affect stadium management professionals. Combined efforts of both organizations will address advocacy, education and certification, and a safe and secure stadium environment.

William ‘Bill’ Squires, SMA President said, “The SMA and the IAAM are professional organizations that sincerely care about the millions of guests who attend events in sports and entertainment facilities. The cooperative spirit of the Joint Task Force will not only benefit those who manage these facilities, but more importantly will benefit those who attend events in these facilities.”

At the recent Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, IAAM Past President Larry Perkins, CFE, said, “This task force will create value for the members of both associations and the stadium industry as a whole. By creating a dialogue within our organizations and opening lines of communication, we can find the best ways to move the entire profession forward.”